HC dismisses PIL against BCCI on TV rights

Published: Monday, August 16, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Bombay High Court on Monday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) alleging irregularities in the issue of tenders by Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) for cricket telecasting rights from October 2004 to September 2008.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice D Y Chandrachud dismissed the petition which alleged that the telecasting bids were invited in a manner to suit one particular channel.

The court, on August 14, had expressed its desire to hear affected parties and TV channels such as Nimbus, Sony, Zee, Sahara and Doordarshan, besides BCCI.

The PIL, filed by advocate Swapnil Pednekar, said BCCI had opened the tender bidding on August 7 and the process was slated to end on Monday.

Counsel for petitioner, E Bharucha and Rajendra Pai argued that the entire process of tender bidding appeared to suit a particular party. They said the mode of payment was in US dollars or Euro which indicated that foreign broadcasters may be preferred.

The PIL submitted that the viewers should be given the right to watch cricket matches even without cable. It said the Government has assured that legislation was being framed to ensure terrestrial rights for Doordarshan to telecast matches from private telecasters.

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